Marcel Duchamp, Meet Warhol

Portrait Gallery Plans Warholapalooza Day

Posted June 16, 2009 at 5:15pm

The National Portrait Gallery is trying to bring Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol to the masses — of all ages.

“Warholapalooza!— is being put on Saturday as part of the gallery’s ongoing exhibition, “Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture.— The event lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features activities for everyone from young children to adults.

“What I love about Marcel Duchamp is that he always gives me a new way to look at the world around me,— said Anne Collins Goodyear, the gallery’s associate curator of prints and drawing. “It seems to me that the meaning of art is significant no matter how old you are.—

The day will begin with a children’s book reading by Warhol’s nephew James Warhola.

For the older set, the afternoon will feature multiple presentations about how the two artists are connected. Collins Goodyear will interview Calvin Tompkins, an art critic with the New Yorker magazine.

“Calvin Tompkins was personally acquainted with both Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp,— Goodyear said. “I have to say I’m very excited about that interview.—

The day will also feature programs taking place within the actual exhibit.

Jim McManus, a professor emeritus of art history from California State University and a co-curator for the Duchamp exhibit, will discuss the ways in which both artists used various personas and aliases to present the art they produced.

Ultimately, Collins Goodyear said the event is about promoting the exhibit and the work of Marcel Duchamp.

“One of the things that I find really interesting as a historian and a curator is that even though Warhol is indebted to Marcel Duchamp, it is Warhol today who is the more well-known artist,— she said.

She noted that Warhol is popular with art fans and non-art fans alike, and that she hoped the event would help fans of his work gravitate toward Duchamp.

“Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture— runs through Aug. 2.